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Lisa M. Sodeika
Lisa Sodeika is an accomplished public affairs executive practiced in domestic and global organizations. Her expertise in public affairs is anchored in strong business experience, and she has led successful stakeholder engagement programs through numerous corporate acquisitions, restructurings and crises. Sodeika is a Board member of WINGS, a non-profit organization providing shelter and services to families faced with domestic violence; and a member of several civic and women's leadership organizations in her hometown of Chicago.

Entries by Lisa M. Sodeika

Five Ways to Build the Best Team

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 5:44 PM

Yes, there really are only five things you need to do to build a terrific team. Hundreds of management experts will posit as many theories, but no matter the thoughtful insights and creative infographs, in my 30 years working with high-performing teams I consistently see five actions that matter:

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Coping With Corporate Culture Clash

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 12:09 PM

You've decided to leave your company. Not because you're failing, not because you're maxed out in your career, and not because you want to earn more money. You're leaving because you just can't deal anymore with the culture.

You've been living with slow decision making, weak leadership, and panicky colleagues...

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We Have to Stop Meeting Like This

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 3:44 PM

So many meetings, so little time. We've all been there -- from the PTA to the corporate board room -- we're drowning in ineffective, poorly planned meetings, frustrated that we can't get better organized to save ourselves precious time for innovation and implementation.

If you can find at least...

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10 Clues It's Time to Look for a New Job

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:23 PM

This year's CareerBuilder list of most incredible excuses for missing work includes my favorite excuse ever: "I woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it."

I love it -- simple, clear, audacious truth!

With 35 years in the workplace I've heard some real doozies,...

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Ditch the Fashion Pitch: 10 Must-Haves for a Working Woman's Wardrobe

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 10:51 AM

It's hard not to get enthused by the trends featured in monthly fashion magazines ... "Go Bold and Bright," "Fringe is In," "Pretty in Pastels," "Shimmer in Metallic." All of this is entertaining and oh so appealing. We lust after the golden gowns, crystal-encrusted clutches and sky-high satin stilettos. And...

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The Naked Truth: A Closer Look at Ourselves

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Are you comfortable in your own skin? Please stay with me -- this is not another weight management missive. I'm referring to being comfortable with your figurative self, stripped of any material belongings that distinguish you and boost your self-esteem. I never thought much about it until today, as I...

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Grip the Wheel and Take a Chance at Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:14 PM

When was the last time you applied for a new job, volunteered for a special assignment, or said "yes" to a new project, a stretch beyond your current work role?

Throughout my career, managers gave me chances to do new things and I took chances, too. Early...

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You Missed a Spot! Five Ways to Spot and Stop Negative, Nitpicking Ways

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Are you working with a Missed a Spot manager? Perhaps you are a Missed a Spot manager. More broadly, you may be living a Missed a Spot life, always focusing on the thorns of a perfectly bloomed rose. Here's the story of how I came to name this practice, and...

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A Renewed Definition of Success

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:19 PM

At my retirement celebration dinner, my daughter surprised me with a heartfelt toast. I was incredibly touched to hear her say how much she looks up to me, how she admires my work ethic and that I inspire her. In fact, I did have a fabulous, successful career made even...

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